From all reports available, the arraignment of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and his four co-defendants last Saturday was nothing less than an insult to the families of 9/11 victims. A mockery of justice itself, the five men “refused to acknowledge the judge” while their attorneys “repeatedly challenged the legitimacy of the court.” In other words, they hoped to shift the focus of the trial to our system of justice rather than the savagery of KSM and his cohorts.
To that end, Defense Attorney James Connell seems to actually be enjoying the burden created by the demands the five are making of the court: requiring the charges against them to be read aloud in full, screaming out loud while the court was in session, and demanding that the women in the courtroom wear Islamic robes for the benefit of the defendants.
In fact, KSM’s personal defense attorney, Cheryl Bormann, appeared in the courtroom in a full hijab, which is “an Islamic women’s robe revealing only the face, hands and feet.” And she demanded the court require all over women in the courtroom to do the same so that KSM so his cohorts could “look at the prosecution” without “fear of committing a sin under their faith.”
Bormann actually had the nerve to say, “When you’re on trial for your life, you need to be focused,” and then she recounted an episode a few years ago when “a paralegal wore ‘very short skirts’ and became a distraction for the defendants.”
KSM and his four co-defendants also tried to make the proceedings as pointless as possible by demanding the hearing be foregone and that they be executed straight away. To that end, they literally changed their pleas of “guilty” to pleas of “kill us now.”
And because of their endless antics and our politically correct habit of accommodating them, Saturday’s hearing lasted 13 hours, including meals and “prayer breaks.” No wonder one of the family members of an American killed on 9/11 said, “They’re engaging in jihad in a courtroom.”
And, to think, Attorney General Eric Holder wanted this to take place in New York City.